If I book a flight from St. Petersburg (Leningrad)(LED) - Riga(RIX) and Riga(RIX) - Copenhagen(CPH) all Air Baltic, and I have 7 hours to wait in Riga, can I then leave the airport for a city trip during the 7 hours (I am Danish, so I have Schengen passport).

If so, what about the luggage, will it be checked through to the connecting plane or do I have to pick up the luggage and check it in again?

I am buying the ticket at one place so I expect to get one through ticket!

  • If you have one through ticket, your luggage should be checked through. And you should also make sure to get your second boarding pass in St Petersburg, because the check-in line at RIX is very long and should be avoided if at all possible. I don't know whether they will do this for two separate tickets, and, again, if you can check in for the second leg, do so. May 11, 2016 at 22:17
  • Note, by the way, that "Schengen passport" is not a meaningful category. Special processing at the outer borders (no stamping of passports, special lanes, etc) is given to passports from all EU/EEA countries, even those that are not Schengen members. It's a freedom-of-movement thing, not a Schengen thing. May 12, 2016 at 8:03

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Latvia and Denmark are both in the Schengen area, so no matter which passport you have, Riga is where it will be checked. After you pass though the Schengen outer border in Riga, immigration authorities won't care whether you go into the city or take a connecting intra-Schengen flight (or both).

For a flight connection on a single ticket, on a single airline, through that airline's own main hub, you can definitely expect that your baggage will be checked through. You should be getting boarding passes for both legs of the flight when you check in at St. Petersburg, too. So when you return from the city to the airport you can proceed directly to the security check.

If you need to customs declare your checked baggage, that will happen in Copenhagen.

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